But what do birds eat in winter?
Now that the leaves have fallen from the trees, the birds have little left to peck at. What will they eat throughout the winter, especially if it rains or snows?
We will prepare some appetizing biscuits, designed especially for their beaks and their delicate stomach which - as we well know - is not suitable for feeding on breadcrumbs.
Few recycled materials
There are several ways to feed wild birds in winter. We will prepare fat and cereal balls that will make the little birds happy. Collect some small containers, a few ounces of seeds, string and scissors, some garlic or lemon nets and get to work!
To prepare the biscuits you need 100-200 grams of solid vegetable fat (margarine or solid coconut oil) or animal fat (butter or lard) and a little cooking oil. For the birdseed, prepare a mixture with 2 ounces of sunflower seeds and another 2 or 3 ounces of chopped walnut kernels, oat flakes, bran sticks and, if desired, some raisins or other dried fruit, to provide to the birds wild all the necessary nutrients.
Heat the fat in a saucepan to melt it, then add a little vegetable oil to prevent the birdseed from becoming too tough. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cereal mixture. Pour half the mixture into the moulds, add some ring strings to hang the seed balls and pour the other half over. If you want to use a simpler process, just fill a garlic net with the mixture and leave to cool.
Also nice as a gift
The biscuits should be kept refrigerated overnight. The next day gently detached them from the forms and hung them on the balcony or on the branches of a tree.
You can also wrap them up and turn them into gifts for grandparents or friends.
Soon you will see wild birds coming to help themselves to seeds at all hours of the day. They are very greedy and will always come back, which is why we make a recommendation: once you start feeding the birds, continue until spring!